Recognizing HPV and Other Infections Affecting the Oral Region

  • Thursday 1/26/2023
  • Time: 1:00 - 4:00 pm
  • Course Code: 129TL
  • Cost: $125
  • Room Location: BCEC Room 205 C
  • Credits: 3 CE Hours
Susan Muller, DMD is Professor Emeritus, Emory University School of Medicine, and is currently in private practice with Atlanta Oral Pathology. A graduate of Medical University of South Carolina School of Dental Medicine, Dr. Muller completed her Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology training at Emory University, and a Head & Neck Pathology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Susan Muller joined the faculty at Emory University retiring in 2013. Dr. Muller enjoys lecturing on Oral Pathology and has lectured throughout the world.

Many infections, bacterial, viral, and fungal can arise in the oral cavity and oropharynx. Both common and uncommon diseases will be presented with treatment recommendations. An overview of HPV infections that affect the mouth, the natural history of HPV infection and which HPV-associated lesions are of most concern. The presentation of oropharyngeal carcinoma in contrast to oral cavity cancer will be illustrated and the role of oral health care providers in screening for these cancers will be discussed. The oral changes associated with cigarette, cigar, smokeless tobacco, marijuana, and vaping will be illustrated. Emphasis on the clinical presentation of oral dysplasia or early cancer will be explained.  The instructor will review the proliferative verrucous leukoplakia with an emphasis on management and important clinical distinctions from lichen planus.

After this course attendees will be able to:
  • Differentiate common infections affecting the oral cavity
  • Identify various treatment options for oral cavity infections 
  • Explain the terminology of leukoplakia and erythroplakia and how to distinguish these entities from masqueraders
  • Understand the role of HPV in cancer 
  • Develop an organized approach to oral examinations and recognize the most common areas for oral cancer development
Recommended Audience: Assistant, Dentist, Hygienist

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